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Topic # 129154 5-Sep-2013 11:49
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Has anyone else been following the rumor progress with this device? Apparently announced this morning. Looks quite tempting...
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  Reply # 890244 5-Sep-2013 12:05
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Currently have HTC One and don't think I will be upgrading. After now having Front facing speakers I think that will be a deal breaker for me.

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  Reply # 890268 5-Sep-2013 12:40
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I decided I didn't need a flagship phone, so I'm getting the Xperia SP. Was tempted by the Xperia Z, but knew the replacement was coming, but might be a while before it's here in NZ.




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  Reply # 890552 5-Sep-2013 19:38
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The New Zealand press release:


Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia Z1, a premium waterproof smartphone that combines the very best of Sony’s technology, unveiled at IFA in Berlin. The Z1 launches with a wide range of companion products providing a unique and groundbreaking camera experience. Xperia Z1 will launch globally from September 2013.

“Xperia Z1 is a significant milestone for Sony and builds upon existing Sony technologies to provide a consumer experience like no other,” says John Featherstone, Managing Director for Sony Mobile Oceania.

“Bringing together Sony partner innovations, including true compact camera performance within a beautifully designed premium Smartphone. The Sony Xperia Z1 is sure to set a new standard within the market.”

The world's leading camera in a smartphone
The elegant, 5” Xperia Z1 is the latest addition to Sony’s premium Z series of products and brings Sony’s proven world-class technologies to the smartphone like never before - including the very best of Sony’s camera expertise. Xperia Z1 features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture, custom made large 1/2.3-type CMOS image sensor Exmor RS for mobile with 20.7MP and a BIONZ for mobile image processing engine.

The combination of these technologies delivers the same level of quality and performance as a conventional compact digital camera in a slim, waterproof smartphone. Indeed, independent testing has confirmed that Xperia Z1 provides the best overall image quality of all leading smartphones1. This means that Xperia Z1 captures beautiful, sharp and bright images even in lowlight conditions. High shutter speeds and 3x clear image zoom also prevents shots from being blurred while enabling them to be captured at distance.

Innovative suite of Xperia Camera Applications
Xperia Z1 takes the conventional camera experience to a whole new level by including an innovative set of Xperia Camera Applications that deliver new experiences. Applications at launch include:

• Social live: Broadcast precious moments live from Xperia Z1 to Facebook and get your friends’ comments right on your screen.
• Info-eye: Innovative visual search function that provides related information on landmarks and on items such as books or wine simply by capturing them with the camera.
• Timeshift burst: Capture the perfect shot every time - Xperia Z1 takes 61 images in 2 seconds - a second before and after pressing the shutter - so you can scroll back and forth to find the perfect image.
• AR effect: Overlay a selection of fun, customizable animations to create pictures using Sony’s SmartARTM augmented reality technology.

This experience is supported by a robust ecosystem of established and up-and-coming developer partnerships who are working to create Xperia Camera Applications. Many more apps will be available through the Sony Select recommendation store after launch.

Beautiful design with high power and performance
Xperia Z1 also includes all of the features consumers have come to expect of a Sony smartphone. Its stunning looks combine Sony’s acclaimed OmniBalance design with premium materials and precision engineering in a slim waterproof and dust resistant smartphone (IP55 & IP58). A solid one-piece aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back ensures beauty and durability as well as a consistent viewing experience from any angle.

Xperia Z1 features the fully integrated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU and 4G LTE to provide a seamless connected entertainment experience, industry leading battery performance and amazing speed. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor features the latest GPU and dual ISP for incredible graphics, 3D games and videos. The Xperia Z1 also includes a 3000 mAh battery for a high battery performance. Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Incredible out of the box entertainment with Sony’s media applications and technologies
Sony’s “WALKMAN” is included and provides access to more than 22 million songs on the “WALKMAN” app through Music Unlimited

Thanks to the inclusion of Sony’s BRAVIA TV technology, Xperia Z1 features Sony’s unique TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, creating a wider palette of rich natural colours for an immersive viewing experience. It also includes X-Reality for mobile - Sony’s intelligent super resolution technology which analyzes each image and optimizes the quality to deliver super sharp videos. Xperia Z1 also brings Sony’s audio expertise to play with Sony’s ClearAudio+ which automatically optimizes the audio experience without the need to adjust individual settings.

Xperia Z1 comes with a two month free trial of Sony’s Music Unlimited2 streaming service plus much more.

Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories
Xperia Z1 is supported by an ecosystem of innovative companion products and accessories. All are underpinned by Sony’s one-touch functions with NFC technology which will number approximately 100 compatible products at launch with many more to come later this year including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more.

A host of companion products and smart accessories designed to enrich your smartphone experience, are being planned for the New Zealand market3 .
• SmartWatch 2 – Use as a second screen for Xperia Z1. Read messages, handle calls, easily access notifications – all from your wrist. Trigger the Xperia Z1 camera shutter. Download other camera apps to enhance the Xperia Z1 experience. Sony is working closely with developers for even more optimised apps
• SBH52 Smart Bluetooth Handset – Splash proof wireless audio accessory that enables you to listen and talk without taking out your smartphone.
• MDR-10BT NFC headphones and SRS-BTS50 wireless speaker - New, high quality NFC enabled headphones and wireless speaker.
• Continually update the experience over time with the Bluetooth Music Receiver BM10 – stream music and audio from Xperia Z1 to your home Hi-Fi system
• Miracast Wireless Display IM10 – Mirror your smartphone display on your HDTV or projector

Xperia Z1 key specifications
• Sony’s “G Lens”: A lens with F2.0 and wide angle 27mm as well as 3x clear image zoom.
• BIONZ for mobile: Image processing engine with the algorithm from Sony’s leading digital compact cameras. It ensures pictures have less noise, fast auto-focus as well as high stable images for video shooting, preventing shots from being blurred.
• 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor with 20.7MP: high sensitivity sensor capturing huge amounts of detail for sharp, crisp images, even in low-light conditions.
• Dust and water-resistant (IP55 & IP58), with acclaimed OmniBalance design featuring durable tempered glass and solid one-piece aluminium frame
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 Ghz processor, 3000 mAh battery, 4G LTE
• Xperia Camera Applications such as Social live which broadcast to Facebook. More applications will be available to download from Sony Select.
• Memory: RAM 2 GB, Flash memory up to 16 GB, Expansion slot microSD card, up to 64 GB.
• Available in black

The new Xperia Z1 will be launching on both Vodafone NZ and Telecom NZ from the beginning of October. Plan and pricing details will be announced at a future date.






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  Reply # 891146 6-Sep-2013 23:04
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ive ordered a white one from clove. cant freakin wait.

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  Reply # 891151 6-Sep-2013 23:33
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Lol let me know how it goes!

I will stick to my Z for now. Just bought Mugen 3000mah power pack for this phone.





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  Reply # 891152 6-Sep-2013 23:34
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I may be keen if the memory is around 3GB





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  Reply # 891154 6-Sep-2013 23:37
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nakedmolerat: I may be keen if the memory is around 3GB


ram is 2GB

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  Reply # 891193 7-Sep-2013 08:31
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nice, good to see they have put some curves back in. I found the Z to be annoying to hold because of the large size and square sides.




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  Reply # 891202 7-Sep-2013 09:10
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tempting... my 15month old xperia S is still a trusty companion... the Z1 looks and seems fantastic.
Im off mobile contract at the moment too.. hmmmm October mmmm

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  Reply # 891229 7-Sep-2013 10:42
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myndlyz: ive ordered a white one from clove. cant freakin wait.


What will that cost landed here? (If you don't mind saying)

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  Reply # 891230 7-Sep-2013 10:44
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Ham:
myndlyz: ive ordered a white one from clove. cant freakin wait.


What will that cost landed here? (If you don't mind saying)


I've already paid $1025 so far, definitely will get charged gst by customs, which I don't have a problem with.


Wow! How did I reply in your quote

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  Reply # 891253 7-Sep-2013 11:55
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Its 470 Pounds plus VAT for the 16Gig

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  Reply # 891300 7-Sep-2013 14:34
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Goosey: Its 470 Pounds plus VAT for the 16Gig


You don't pay for VAT when you buy that from Clove





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  Reply # 891316 7-Sep-2013 15:27
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I think I'll wait for the NZ pricing later this month and maybe get it duty free

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  Reply # 891631 8-Sep-2013 14:36
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have a read of this guys impression of the z1

http://www.mobile-review.com/review/sony-xperia-z1-fl.shtml

(if you have chrome, just get it translated to english)

its interesting because these guys used to be incredibly critical of Sony Erricson back then and then the last few Sony phones.

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The device will be available in September, the price has not yet spoken, I think, in Russia it will be something like 30 000, can be more expensive. What we have in fact? We have a very interesting smartphone, by and large, unique. I have the utmost respect for the efforts of the mobile division Sony, apparently, not so long ago showed Z, not so long ago were a new design concept, and has been in front of me lies Z1 - if he were to make a jump at once in a couple of generations. Yes, it is similar to Z, but only in general terms. A much better display, better design, better camera, plus a lot of pleasant things. This magnetic connector for charging, and made another speaker, and an open 3.5mm, and all sorts of add-in interface - and the lack of restrictions for the user, I'm talking about the microSD, and even though the same radio.

With great pleasure we use now Z Ultra, after the announcement more than once or twice a re-read your first glance, saw the pictures on the official website of the product, anxious to get the gadget for testing - at one time the same desire caused some Sony Ericsson. Now I will just wait for Sony Xperia Z1. I think this is one of the best smartphones with Android at the moment."

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